AMA's Funders

US Dept of Justice
St. Paul Cultural Star
St. Paul STAR Program
Minnesota Lynx
National Endowment for the Arts
Minneapolis Foundation
Minnesota Dept of Health
Wells Fargo
Minnesota Dept of Employment & Economic Development
City of Minneapolis
Headwaters Foundation

AMA Announcements 

1. SPNN Studio Training

DATE/TIME: Sunday, October 10, 2021, 1:00pm-5:00pm    
PLACE: Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) 550 Vandalia St #170, St Paul, MN 55114

Asian Media Access will host a Studio Training for BIPOC youth.

IN-person SPNN Studio Production

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2. Pop Up Vaccination Event hosted by Asian Media Access

DATE/TIME: Sunday, October 17, 2021, 2:00pm-5:00pm
PLACE: Chinese American Chamber of Commerce - MN, 7901 12th Ave S Bloomington, MN 55425 USA
Register for vaccination
No Registration necessary for Food-giveaway

Free COVID-19 Vaccinations, Testing Kits, and Food Giveaway 

Standard COVID-19 precautions, please wear a mask and maintain social distance.
3. AMA seeks Cultural Brokers to support our state-wide Flu and Vaccination Effort

DATE/TIME: Mid October-Late January 2021, 3-month paid internship
PLACE: Online, Register

Asian Media Access looks for 12-16 Cultural Brokers who can speak: Cantonese, D/Lakota, English, Khmer, Hindi, Hmong, Laos, Mandarin, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Thai, Spanish, and Vietnamese, and other heritage languages to be trained in Graphic Design and Video Productions, to be able to create more educational materials to encourage BIPOC members to get vaccinated. A Paid position, don't miss this learn-grow opportunity!!!! 
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4. Asian Media Access Monthly Youth Forum 2021 Fall Session

DATE/TIME:  Fridays, October 2021- March 2022 (6 sessions), 5:30pm-7:30pm CST
PLACE: Online Zoom, Register Here

AMA is currently offering 6 online zooms. Each session lasts up to 90 minutes on Fridays (1x a month) from 5:30-7:00pm Central Time

AMA invites youths between ages 15-25 years to participate in our monthly youth sessions. Youths are encouraged to share their ideas through discussions on various topics including COVID-19, Mental Health, and Bicultural Healthy Living. 

What to expect: An AMA staff member or guest speaker will present the topic, sharing facts for 15-20 minutes. Youth will be required to share reflections, which can be stories, thoughts, and personal experiences. At the end of each session, we play a Kahoot game that include questions from the presentation with cash prizes

The purpose of these forums is to allow youth a space to share their thoughts and feelings towards topics while learning best practices and advocating for them. Each topic will have a guest speaker followed by a Kahoot game where youth can learn more about the subject.

Earn a $20 Target gift card for participating. Additional rewards for the top 3 Kahoot winners each week.

Program Updates

Civic Holidays - Remember to vote at Nov. 2nd, 2021

Asian Media Access has been part of voter mobilization effort, and we hope to utilize the "Civic Holidays" idea to better engage with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters. Civic Holidays are nonpartisan days of action that strengthen and celebrate our country’s democracy! Each holiday has different ways that YOU can get involved!

a. National Voter Registration Day - Sept. 28, 2021
Every year on the holiday, organizations such as nonprofits, campus groups, libraries, election offices, businesses, digital platforms, and many more participate in a coordinated day of action to register as many voters as possible.  
b. National Voter Education Week - October 4-8, 2021
National Voter Education Week will share resources in equipping new voters with the voter education tools they need to grow our democracy.

c. Vote Early Day - October 23, 2021
Vote Early Day will provide resources to start a grassroots event, share messages across social media, recruit poll workers, or get involved with larger events locally.  
d. Election Hero Day - November 1, 2021
Election Hero Day recognizes the important work and contributions of poll workers, election administrators, and clerks to ensure efficient and secure elections.  

Civic Holidays provide voters, particularly first-time voters, with steady engagement to ensure civic responsibility is immersed to people's minds, while also helping to minimize those administrative problems that can arise when people wait until the last minute to register, learn about what's on their ballot, find their voting location, and vote. Proactively informing voters about their options through civic holidays is a win-win for everyone.  
Please join AMA to connecting AAPIs with the information we all need to become and remain civically engaged, and ensuring that our elections are more inclusive and secure.   

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Supporting Mental Wellness among Asian American Children and Youth.


Since last year, Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have been suffering a double crisis - pandemic and anti-Asian hates.  According "Stop AAPI Hate" issued last month a national report ( indicated a total of 9,081 incident reports from March 19, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The number of hate incidents reported increased from 6,603 to 9,081 from April to June of 2021. Of all incident reports, 4,548 hate incidents occurred in 2020 and 4,533 of hate incidents occurred in 2021. 

AAPI Youth (0 to 17 years old) reported 9.9% of incidents and seniors (60 years old and older) reported 6.9% of the total incidents. Chinese have reported more hate incidents (43.5%) than all ethnic groups, followed by Koreans (16.8%), Filipinx (9.1%), Japanese (8.6%) and Vietnamese (8.2%).  Physical assaults increased from 10.8% of the total hate incidents in 2020 to 16.6% in 2021. Vandalism increased from 2.6% in 2020 to 4.9% in 2021. Online hate incidents increased from 6.1% in 2020 to 10.6% in 2021.
According to a recent study "COVID-19 Racism and Mental Health in Chinese American Families" by Dr. Wang, it shows that Chinese American parents’ perceptions of being direct victims of racial discrimination both online and in person were associated with their children’s self-reported anxiety and internalizing problems. Moreover, parents’ perceptions of Sinophobia were associated with their children’s self-reported externalizing problems, again highlighting the links between collective racism and externalizing problems in youth. Parents’ own racial victimization experiences might impact their children’s mental health either directly or indirectly through increased stress, a hostile family environment, and/or more negative parenting.  

The results suggests that 18.7% to 23.91% of the youth had a slightly elevated to substantial risk of clinically significant mental health problems; these percentages are higher than the US norm, in which 10.9% of 15- to 17-year-olds and 14.3% of 11- to 14-year-olds have similar scores.  Asian Media Access has great concerns of the wellbeing of our AAPI children and youth, and have encouraged AMA youth to created storybooks for their younger siblings to honor the cultures, enhance self-esteem, at the same time to demystify the racially motivated hate toward AAPIs.

One of our youth, Ariel Xiong has created a storybook entitled "Why I am different" with colorful illustrations to share a Laotian boy's journey visiting his grandparents in Laos, later how he becomes proud to share his cultural heritage after coming back to the US, a heart-warming story that can empower many Asian American children.  

Asian Media Access will continue to publicize other youth's works. Please check more stories through our Youth In Charge blog -

Community News

Photo Courtesy: Rochester Cambodian Association

Camden Farmers Market

DATE/TIME: Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
PLACE:  4150 N Dupont Ave, Minneapolis, MN

This year, theNEWmpls is partnering with Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church to host our 12-week season in their parking lot. Rain or Shine.

CAPI Grow Program

REGISTER: Thai Vang 612-767-3672, Souwan Thao 612-261-2834, or Deu Xiong 763-260-1342

Learn the knowledge, skills, and courage to grow through challenges that you may be facing

Connect and make new friends


GIT Taiwanese Film Week

DATE/TIME: October 1 - October 9, 2021
PLACE: Online at Asiania

The Global Taiwan Institute is very pleased to host the 2021 Taiwanese Film Week, GTI’s second annual virtual film festival. From October 1-9, GTI will feature a diverse selection of eight Taiwanese films and documentaries, as well as Q&A sessions with the directors of two selected films. All will be streamed for free on Asiania.

Note the viewings are limited only to the United States.
Register for each film that you want to view.
Some film(s) are limited by region.
Some film(s) have limits on the number of viewers.
All films are English-subtitled.
For more information for viewing, please visit Asiania's web site.

2021 Chinese Character Culture Festival, speech event, title: Think about a poem of mine 

DATE/TIME:  Saturday, October 2, 2021, 9:00am-10:30am
PLACE: Online, Register

Please come and enjoy the lecture given by Teacher Miley, who has many years of teaching experience and many award-winning works, for all text lovers: Think of a poem of mine!

Teacher Mai uses phonology to provoke people's emotions, finds appropriate metaphors through observation, conceives the main axis of emotion through pictures, and releases unlimited possibilities through imagination!

This is a speech like two springs, to wake up the childlike innocence that has been sleeping for a long time!
Sincere invitation from Taiwan Online Library!
For detailed event information, please contact the event website:



AMAJ People’s Movement Assembly - Reimagining Public Safety as Asian Americans

DATE/TIME:  Saturday, October 2, 2021, 12:00pm-4:00pm
PLACE: North Mississippi Regional Park, 5116 N MISSISSIPPI Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55412, Register

This past year, our communities have been engaged in conversations about how we keep each other safe. With the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police and the rise in anti-Asian violence, what does it look like for us to build a public safety system that truly keeps us all safe? Join us on October 2, from 12 - 4pm, for a conversation about reimagining public safety as Asian Americans. We will engage in discussions around our relationships with policing, the issues we face around keeping each other safe, and take an opportunity to reimagine what safe communities look like. We will also learn more about the opportunity in Minneapolis to vote for a new department of public safety. There will be art, food, and real conversations about building real systems of safety in our communities. Bring a friend! This event is organized by the Asian Minnesotan Alliance for Justice, a collection of Asian Minnesotan organizations fighting for solidarity and justice in Minnesota.

Facebook Event:

Latino Economic Development Center - Free Business Development Training

DATE/TIME: Tuesdays, October 5 - November 2, 2021, 1:00pm-2:30pm
PLACE: Online, Microsoft Teams To Register, please call 612-724-5332 or contact: Tamara Hernandez at or Rodrigo Gutierrez at
You are invited to participate in the Latino Economic Development Center's (LEDC) upcoming virtual Business Development Training. 

Credit Score Management, Budgeting and Operations, Commercial Real Estate Considerations for New Business, Commercial Insurance, Revenue Management

All classes are in English, free, and online

Sign up for FREE - Foundations of Marketing 8-week intensive course

DATE/TIME: October 5 - November 23, 2021
PLACE: Online, Register

In this free, virtual 8-week intensive course (October 5 – November 23) with The Activate Network, business owners will learn the foundations of marketing and the impact it has on their business and sales, as well as how to create moments of impact for clients. All entrepreneurs are welcome and women of color are encouraged to apply.

Foundations of Marketing Series at a Glance
Each topic includes one week of instruction by women of color subject matter experts followed by business application.

AAPI Strong Legislative Conference  

DATE/TIME:  October 6-8, 2021, 1:00pm ET/11:00am CST
PLACE: Online,, Register

October 6 Day 1 Access to Capital Recovering Together
October 7 Day 2 Finding our Voice Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
October 8 Day 3 Entrepreneurship Creating a Path Forward

First - EVERGLOW Workshop

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 6:00pm-8:00pm
PLACE: Asian Media Access, 2418 N Plymouth Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411. Registration Required.

K-MOVE workshop is next week October 6th 6-8pm. Lin will be teaching First by Everglow!
K-Move learn to dance with Lin Huynh at the AMA dance studio.

*Masks required*
*Bring your own water bottles*
*Road constructions in the area, and Plymouth Ave. is currently closed off. On-street parking on side streets.

Social Enterprise Open House Welcomes Youth and Industry Professionals

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 7, 2021, 5:00pm-7:00pm
PLACE: Elpis Enterprises, 2161 University Ave W #112, St Paul, MN 55114

This is a great way for youth in the Elpis program to meet people in careers they are interested in.  We would love for you to stop by and say hello.  This is an invitation to past and present interns.

We will have food and beverages available and young people for you to meet and talk to.

Fresh Traditions Fashion Show: Once Upon A Time

DATE/TIME:  SaturdayOctober 9, 2021, 7:00pm - Doors will open at 5:30pm
PLACE: Saint Paul MN RiverCenter in the Grandball room, Buy tickets here:

Center for Hmong Arts & Talent + Fresh Traditions presents a magical evening of Hmong fashion

Fresh Traditions is a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 by Kathy Mouachepao through the Center for Hmong Arts & Talent in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Fresh Traditions was created in the hopes of building a platform for Hmong designers to channel their creativity and inspire younger generations to create fresh and contemporary interpretations of our history and cultural aesthetics. Our programming nurtures and develops Hmong American artists from all over the country in fashion design and branding. Over the years, we have worked with about 100 Hmong designers and captivated over 6,000 people through our annual fashion shows.

A Look at the Future of Food: World Food Day Symposium

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 15, 2021, 9:00am
PLACE: Register Here

Register now to join our second annual World Food Day virtual symposium on Friday, October 15.

With a look toward the future, the day will explore how the world can build a more sustainable food system amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and global conflict, and will include presentations

 Cultural Healing Summit 2021

DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 22, 2021, 9:00am
PLACE: Register Here

The Summit welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in activities around healing and wellness. The Cultural Healing Summit is an all-day virtual experience event, focused on well-being teachings, intergenerational resilience, and culturally specific healing practices.

In many cultures, Autumn is the symbol of change, balance, and preservation, reminding us that our bodies, minds, and surroundings are always evolving. Offering us the chance to harmonize with nature, embrace the present and reconnect within ourselves.

Wells Fargo Beyond College: 2021 Webinar Series A young man watches a webinar on a desktop computer.

Covering a wide variety of topics from personal finance to professional development, the 2021 Beyond College Webinar Series may help better prepare you for what’s next after college

DATE/TIME: October 21, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Building responsible credit: Why your credit matters.
Gain tools and resources to take charge of your own finances and reach your financial goals with tips on building credit.

DATE/TIME: November 4, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC:  Mentors and sponsors: Your personal board of directors.
Many believe that to be successful in your career you must build your own personal board of directors. Learn about mentorships and sponsorships, including how to leverage each successfully.

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The Role of Research and Data in Advancing American Indian and Alaska Native Health Policy

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 12:00pm ET/10:00am CST
PLACE: Online Zoom, Here

The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) are thrilled to welcome Dr. Yvette Roubideaux 

Research and data are a critical to formulating policies that can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Native individuals and Tribal Nations. This Presentations will review examples where data and research can help develop and promote policies that have a better chance of addressing persistent health disparities and promoting health in tribal communities 

Register Elevate Business Webinars

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 2:00pm-3:00pm
PLACE: Online, Register Here

TOPIC: Alternative Financing - The Lending Circle (Hui) 

Learn how century-old Asian Hui (Lending Circle) is gaining popularity, what has improved and what's the same, and how you can involve and access this alternative way of financing for your business.  

This webinar targets business with revenue under $250,000.

Presented by Chinese American Chamber of Commerce - Asian Media Access  

Beyond Bars: Voices of Incarceration (10th Anniversary Edition)

DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 31, 2021, 7:00pm
PLACE: Online Zoom, Register Here  

Please join us for Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop's annual student reading. Although we'll miss gathering with you in person this year, our virtual even promises to be another spectacular, moving tribute.

We'll be joined by our alumni, teachers, mentors, and family members reading powerful poetry, fiction, and essays written by our students. In addition, we will also be celebrating our 10th anniversary with some never-before-seen videos and special guests!

Register Elevate Business Webinars

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 2:00pm-3:00pm
PLACE: Online, Register
TOPIC: Building the Plan to Support Your Pivot 

Explore and develop sustainable strategies and pivot towards business growth in this workshop designed to help entrepreneurs.

A 60-minute workshop designed to help entrepreneurs explore and develop sustainable strategies and pivot towards positive business growth. Leave with a checklist of grounding principles to put into practice and an action plan that prepares any business towards sustainable expansion and build resiliency.

This workshop is hosted by Elevate Business HC and the presented by Social Impact Strategies Group.

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